Gastro-intestinal Health

Many physicians believe ill health often begins with an unhealthy digestive system, and to return to robust health, this is one of the first areas that must be addressed.

Many people are plagued by gas, bloating, indigestion, constipation, diarrhea, heartburn, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, hiatal hernias, GERD, etc. Many of these conditions respond well to natural therapies. We use the 4R approach:

Remove: Reduce the the level of undesirable organisms in the bowel. This is done by testing to determine which natural substance (usually an herb) the microorganism is sensitive to. We check about 15 different substances, as one size does not fit all.

Replace: Restore the enzymes your body may be lacking to digest your food. As we age and ingest more and more processed food, we use up our enzymes because our food (especially cooked food) is depleted of enzymes. We check about 15 different types of enzymes to determine what you as an individual require. “You are what you eat” can be taken a step further: “You are what you eat, digest and assimilate.”

Reinoculate: Restore normal levels of healthy microorganisms to your bowel. We will test several probiotics, prebiotics (food for the microorganisms), and lacto-fermented foods (foods that were fermented for preservation, but help to reinoculate the bowel and protect it from harmful microorganisms.)

Repair: Restore the lining of the digestive tract. Often a damaged digestive tract becomes overly permeable; this is what is known as leaky gut syndrome. If this is the case, you may absorb larger molecules than you should, including microorganisms and poorly digested food. These molecules float around the blood stream and may be connected to food allergies, arthritis and auto-immune disorders.